Family Religion in Babylonia, Ugarit and Israel: Continuity and Changes in the Forms of Religious Life
This volume deals with the religious practices of the family in the ancient Babylonian, Syrian, and Israelite civilizations. On the basis of a wealth of documents from both the private and the literary realm, the book gives an exhaustive description and analysis of the rites of the ancestor cult and the devotion to local gods. The author demonstrates the role of these two aspects of family religion in the identity construction of its followers. The section dealing with Israel pays particular attention to the relationship between family religion and state religion. The emergence of the state religion under King Saul marked the beginning of a competition between civil and private religion. Though the two had great influence upon each other, the tension between them was never resolved. A study of their interaction proves to be a key for the understanding of the development of Israelite religion during the monarchic period.
The book is of particular importance to biblical scholars, Assyriologists, and all those interested in the history of ancient Near Eastern religion.
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Introduction to Part One
A Historical Focus of Identity
A Local Focus of Identity
Theology and Ethics
The Comfort of Family Religion
Introduction to Part Two
Introduction to Part Three
The Israelite Cult of the Dead
Saul and the Rise of State Religion
Inventing a National Identity The Exodus as Charter Myth
Religion under the Omrides
The Ephraimite Diaspora
The Gods of the Fathers
Akkadian Amorite Amos Amurrum ancestor cult Ancient Near East archaeological Asherah Assyrian awilum Baal Babylonian family Bethel biblical Book of Hosea Canaanite Chapter Charpin clan cultic d i n g i r Dagan dead deity Deuteronomy devotion divine early Israelite Ebla Elijah Elisha Elohist Emar Ephraimite evidence exodus tradition fact family religion father Genesis Gibeah Gibeon goddess gods Hebrew hill country Hosea identified identity incantation inheritance inscription interpretation Iron Age Israel Israelite IStar Jacob Jeremiah Jerubbaal Jerusalem Judah Judahite Judges king kinship Kraus land Larsa Leiden letter Levites Lugalbanda Marduk mentioned Mesopotamian millennium Moses muskenum narrative Northern Kingdom Nuzi Old Babylonian Omrides political priests prophets Rechabites referred religious ritual role royal sacrifice Samaria SamaS Samuel sanctuary Saul Saul's seal servant settlements shrine Sippar social suggests Sumerian temple teraphim term Testament texts theophoric Toorn Ugaritic worship Yahweh
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